On 10 March 2014, Professor Thornike GORDADZE, Lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Sciences-Po and Associate Researcher at the Center for International Research and Studies (CERI), gave two lectures on Georgian national identity and EU-Georgia-Russia relations.
The titles of the lectures were: "The History of Georgian National Identity: from imperial domination to the national state" and "Georgia between the EU and Russia: AA and DCFTA vs Moscow's attempts to restore hegemony".
The lectures were part of a preparatory programme for the Voltaire students taking part in the study trip to Georgia, that ran from 17 until 23 March 2014. This event was for students only.
Thornike GORDADZE is a former State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Republic of Georgia and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Georgia in charge of European Affairs and Cooperation with NATO. He has been the Chief-negotiator for Georgia on the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) negotiations with the EU. He has also been the Chief Negotiator for Georgia on Visa Liberalisation talks with the EU in 2012.